Slow clap: Android 6.0 Marshmallow's market share just surpassed that of Android 2.2 Froyo


Ahh, fragmentation — the dreaded "f-word" of the Android realm! It's been voiced so many times that saying Android devices have an "update problem" pretty much equals climbing the stage to announce the discovery of sliced bread before the non-believing world.

Still, a fun fact is a fun fact any day of the year! Check this out — it's been two months since Android 6.0 Marshmallow's official October 5 release, and the latest operating system version has settled on just about 0.3% of Android devices in circulation. According to the latest data from Google (collected during a 7-day period ending November 2), this is just 0.1% more than the number of devices running Android 2.2 Froyo, the most ancient operating system version that's still supported in the Google Play store app. For the uninitiated, Froyo was released way back in 2010, and it looks just like in the gallery to the right. From today's perspective, Froyo's scant menus represent a true "wah-wah-waaaah" moment in Android's UI design.

Those Marshmallow update troubles aside, the Android version landscape is dominated by Kitkat (4.4), which appeared back in September 2013 and is now present on 37.8% of devices Meanwhile, Android Lollipop 5.0 and 5.1 have reached 15.5% and 10.1% each, and we'd rather not review the percentages of Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the elderly Gingerbread, because... well, it makes us feel old!

Still, you can check them out yourself in the table below:

VersionCodenameDistribution
2.2Froyo0.20%
2.3.3 - 2.3.7Gingerbread3.80%
4.0.3 - 4.0.4Ice Cream Sandwich3.30%
4.1.x
Jelly Bean
11.00%
4.2.x13.90%
4.34.10%
4.4KitKat37.80%
5
Lollipop
15.50%
5.110.10%
6Marshmallow0.30%

Now, forgive us the temptation, but we couldn't resist taking a peek at Apple's latest iOS version numbers for the sake of comparison. As measured on November 30, iOS 9 and newer are currently on 70% of the many, many iPhones in circulation, while the rest of the percentages are spread between iOS 8 and unspecified earlier versions.

Of course, Apple has the privilege of controlling nearly everything about the iPhone's production and support, which is what makes this wonderful track record possible. Giving credit where is due, Google has been maintaining its Nexus devices in similar quick fashion, but unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the majority of Android device makers out there.

So, which Android version is your smartphone on? Or maybe you have a really old iPhone that's still rocking iOS 6? Tell us, how does it work out for you?

source: Google & Apple

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25 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

on a serious note, this has to be annoying for android users. There has to be a solution to bypass the providers.

3. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

There is... Threaten to pull all android phones from all carriers. Done and done. My grandma is rocking froyo. Because she has my oooold droid 2. She loves it. I bought 6 batteries for it in 2013 for her and I change it out once a year.

10. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It's not a fair comparison. Apple being the only company running IOS and putting out phones, and coding the software should have a high take rate for software updates on devices. They need to do this comparison only with nexus devices. Update take rate o. Nexus vs Apple. That would be a better comparison. You have a 1 to 1 software update stat vs 1 to many. It doesn't make sense. Google put out the software right? Nexus phones got it and rocking it? Independent companies like one+ have unlocked devices to install roms on? While big name manufacturers like Moto, Samsung,LG are locked? Some locked, some not, so they are to blame, not Google. It's like asking, how many Ferrari staring wheels fit into other cars? And then stating Ferrari seats fit 100% of Ferarris so it's superior some how.

11. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Typo corrections Steering* Seats should be steerings

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I hardly think it's that annoying for the majority of users. Most Android users aren't even aware of newer versions. A lot of Android users in my country buy a new one every 1/2 years anyway. A few that might really care either pick a phone that gets support (like the Nexus) or choose a custom rom anyway.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Damage control.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No. If you own an android device you wouldn't care as Android apps run the same way whether its Jelly Bean or Marshmallow. The look and feel comes from the apps, OEM skins don't change the way apps behave. The baseline is still Jelly bean 4.1, 2GB Ram with a Snapdragon 400 ~ CPU. Pretty much like iPhone 4S is the baseline for iOS.

18. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

I actually think it upsets iPhone users more than Android users. Just a guess, but I'd say 95% of Android users don't give a damn, but at least 25% of iPhone users like to blab about it as a reason Android sucks.

20. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

It's not really that annoying, unless you're a tech person such as me. Most apps support older Android versions. That's really the main problem with not getting updates. Vulnerabilities are a bad problem though.

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I miss froyo. I wish I could go back to 2010. So many things I'd change.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

70% iOS 9, doesn't matter to Android! There are plenty of custom ROMs to keep me up-to-date, or I can simply grab a cheap $100 Android One device which comes pre-installed with 5.1.1 Lollipop And will, of course, get 6.0 Marshmallow. Heck, latest OS updates aren't as important as stable-running Android OS, regardlessof how old the version is, because most of those 70% devices running iOS 9 runs like garbage. Anything below Apple A7 chipset is an absolute mess with iOS 9. *True fact, no bashing here*

13. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Gee, because every single man, woman, and child who owns an Android phone will put a custom ROM on their device. But obviously it's not the case and never will be, so NO, the fact that 7 out of 10 iPhones (from at least the 4S) are up to date (consider security wise, the functionality is another matter) when not even 3 OUT OF 1000(!) Android phones run the latest software is very concerning, especially considering Android's chequered history of serving user sensitive data on a golden plate and utensils to hackers.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Most Android user are not savvy enough to know which version of Android are running on their phone. They just use What's app and Facebook. Custom what?!

5. HumbleJ06

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Not a big deal for me. My Nexus 5 has Android Marshmallow but I use my Alcatel Idol 3 which has Android Lollipop. I don't see that much of a difference in the OS except for the Nexus 5 has Google Now on Tap. The Nexus 5 gets better battery life now, but the Idol 3 has always had better battery life than my Nexus 5 since I purchased it. For me I am not missing anything.

6. tabVision

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

It`s funny how ICS takes less market share than gingerbread even it`s newer and also has support for tablets

7. someperson

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

This article has major mistake - it's October stats, not November. "collected during a 7-day period ending November 2" - what's this? there is no data yet at developer.android.com/

8. Tizo101

Posts: 603; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

running kit kat and not worried at all. I mean it still has all the features I need

9. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

You can't actually compare iOS & Android. iOS hardware & software both are maintained by one single company while android is open source can be used by any hardware company, so it is up to them now whether they would like to update their hardwares to latest operating systems or not. + lollipop was already at 5% when I joined from gingerbread, now I'm one of the 0.30% android users using marshmallow ^_^

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

My wife has a Nexus 6, we're on AT&T. They still haven't rolled out the Marshmallow update for the phone. It's stuck on the ATT & Verizon Lollipop update. And for anyone who says "Just flash it!" Do note it's my wife's phone. If I took her phone and wiped it she'd lose her ****. So much for the bull**** hype around Nexus phones getting quick updates.

15. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

The main reason i left android was because google left the galaxy nexus, a first party phone, languishing. never got updated past 4.3. Only one version newer than the nexus S!

16. Ajlal3

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Apple is the best Samsung is the worst at updates. I love apple yes

21. HumbleJ06

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

With Android I am not penalized for not having the latest phone OS. I remember when it was a problem, but not really anymore. If your phone has Gingerbread, ICS, or Jelly Bean but you want to keep your phone and not upgrade it, you can keep it while still being able to download most apps on the play store. All I know is my sons iPhone 4S is ready to be retired after it upgraded to iOS 9. So in cases like my son's 4S, fragmentation would be a good thing. Every new OS update is not good or meant for every phone. But if you are hung up on receiving the latest updates, get a Nexus, a Play Edition, or one of the Motorola phones and you can get the latest updates.

22. GeekMovement unregistered

Still on Kitkat, and yes I always want the latest software, but Kitkat still runs smoothly on my phone so I can't complain too much.

23. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

iPhonearena...

24. mannrecaged

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Do a fare comparison PA. As someone said, Nexus Vs Iphone, how about that?. Apple gives just the version number in their updates, not all the features of current IOS version. But Google, you tell me :)

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